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Department of Early Learning and Care

Spark Incentives

ERDC child care providers with a Spark star rating of 3, 4 or 5 may be eligible for monthly incentive payments.

How do I qualify for the incentive payment?

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This incentive payment is for child care providers who:

  • Have been approved by the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS)
  • Are providing care for children whose families get assistance through the ERDC program
  • Are licensed in Oregon with the Office of Child Care (OCC)
  • Have a current Spark star rating of 3, 4 or 5
  • Have been paid for full time care (136 hours or more) for a child who is authorized for 136 or more hours per month by ODHS
  • Are not a contracted child care provider through the ERDC program

Do I need to bill for the incentive amount?

No. The amount will be applied to your payment during the billing process.

How much will I receive?

The monthly incentive amount depends on the your Spark star rating.

Opting Out

Providers can choose not to receive the incentive payments. If you don't want to receive this additional amount, complete an opt-out form.


Contact the Direct Pay Unit at 800-699-9074.

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